Charlottesville: Who are white supremacists?

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White nationalists at Charlottesville

Alt-right members are truly neo-nazis and racists in disguise.

The Charlottesville attack that has led to one dead and 19 injured might play out as a scene in a Hollywood movie.

It's been 72 years since the end of the Second World War but you wouldn't think so thanks to the scenes from Charlottesville. White men holding torches, some with swastika tattoos, doing the Nazi salute looked like Berlin, Germany at the height of the Third Reich.

Sadly, this is 21st century America. It is astonishing to see that a country that prides itself on opening its arms to migrants and promoting diversity is now spewing hate.

 

How did America get into this mess? Racism has always been alive borrowing from the words of Mr Kanye West. Since the rise of the civil rights era, racism has never been this pronounced in America.

 

The rise of the agitated, angry and racist white male started with one of America's finest moments- the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008.

 

While the world saw hope in the American Dream, some white people saw it as a move to wipe away white influence in America. Obama's rhetoric of diversity was seen as white genocide among these crop of people.

The first sign of white nationalism started with the Tea Party in 2009 which was very vocal of Obama and his left-winged policies especially on immigration.

White nationalists hold on to the fear that one day they will be the minority and will be dominated by blacks and Latinos. The Tea Party lost its momentum but something more sinister came in its place.

"This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was whitelash against a black president in part. And that's the part where the pain comes."

These were the words of CNN political analyst Van Jones on the night of Wednesday, November 9, 2016, when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America.

 

Many people and analysts were shocked with Donald Trump's victory at the polls. The people who voted for him were not. A new and millennial section of white nationalists known as the alt-right helped push Donald Trump into the White House.

The alt-right is the loose group of white nationalists who were behind the 'Unite The Right' march in Charlottesville. The alt-right (alternative right) is a loose group of mostly millennial white men who detest diversity. They believe white culture is under attack and need to defend it.

Alt-right members say it they are not KKK members or neo-Nazis but that is hard to believe.

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, Richard B. Spencer, the President of the National Policy Institute which is seen as the supreme body of sorts of the alt-right, gave a racist and anti-semitic speech in Washington D.C.

 

At the end of the speech, several of the alt-right members gave Nazi salutes. They later claimed it was a joke but no jokes about being a Nazi. That's a line too far.

 

Alt-right members believe colleges and universities are pushing America towards a more 'diverse' society which would mean the end of the white race as we know it.

Eight years of Obama ignited the hatred in this group and made them bold enough to come out in public. The reason why alt-right members are now marching and demanding for the supremacy of the white culture is Donald Trump.

The American President is not a racist but a lot of his rhetoric during the electoral campaign resonated with the alt-right. His plan to build a wall and tighten immigration laws have made him a defacto symbol of the group.

 

The truth about alt-right is this- they are neo Nazis. They promote hate, inequality and racism. The name might be different but alt-right members are today's KKK.



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